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Dispute Resolution

PwC Legal has one of the largest dispute resolution team in Estonia.

Together with PwC’s auditors, business consultancy experts and tax advisors we make up a unique centre of competence capable of resolving even the most complicated disputes. We have years of experience in all fields and forms of dispute resolution. We help our clients in litigation, arbitration and out-of-court disputes, always putting together a team most suitable to solve the case of the specific client, as the tailor-made team has in-depth knowledge of the client’s field and experience in the specific type of dispute.


What makes us special?

Market leader in the field of procurement disputes

We have Estonia’s largest team specialising in procurement disputes and each year we resolve approximately 30 cases in this field. Our lawyers are acknowledged public procurement specialists, having held numerous lectures on procurement issues and co-authored the commented version of Public Procurement Act.


Specialised in disputes arising from white-collar crime

We are the leading law office in Estonia that specialises in disputes arising from white-collar crime. The team, led by our partner Indrek Leppik, has participated in major disputes, such as the well-known corruption case labelled Savisaar process by the Estonian media, and the dispute concerning the VEB Fund. Indrek Kukk has represented victims in submitting their claims in Estonia’s largest investment fraud case. Due to our experience and capabilities we can protect the interests of our clients even in most complicated cross-border disputes, engaging other law offices of the PwC network, where necessary.


Specialised in tax disputes

Our tax team of more than 10 people is the largest in Estonia and comprises litigation lawyers, specialised legal advisors and tax experts, all of whom have extensive experience. For more than 25 years, we have resolved highly complex pre-trial and out-of-court tax disputes both on the national level (which includes addressing the issues of constitutionality) and on the cross-border level. We work in cooperation with other organisations of the PwC network and the absolute top performers on the global level.


Specialised in real estate and construction disputes

We have strong specialist know-how and experience in disputes related to construction, real estate and planning. We have represented our clients in several complicated disputes, such as the construction dispute of Reidi tee, representation of City of Tartu in the dispute concerning the spatial planning for Est-For Invest’s pulp mill and several disputes related to the construction of wind parks.


Specialised in IT-disputes

We are proud to say that we have one of the largest IT-dispute teams in Estonia. Led by Priit Lätt, our partner, we have had the opportunity to represent clients in Estonia’s first-ever bitcoin dispute, Estonia’s largest IT-procurement dispute and the extraordinary and major disputes concerning the security risks of Estonia’s ID-card.


Specialised in restructuring

We advise many international groups in conducting complex restructuring processes, which includes resolution of restructuring disputes. Due to the unique position of PwC Legal – our network comprises over 3500 lawyers in 95 countries – we can set up restructuring plans and structures also for major international companies and organisations and help them in their disputes.


Specialised in labour disputes

We are one of the few law offices providing a full range of services that has an expert team specialised in labour disputes – our cases include disputes of international companies that rent staff, but also complex disputes on motivation packages, non-competition obligations, occupational health care, data protection and many other issues.


Highly competent in administrative and constitutional law

We represent our clients, including state bodies and local governments, in administrative law disputes, i.e. regulatory issues. We help our private clients achieve a desired result in their communication with state and local government bodies. Attorneys of PwC Legal have extensive experience in representing clients in administrative court proceedings, including several precedent-setting disputes on state aid, state liability, transfer of state assets and expropriation of assets. Throughout the years, our litigation team has had an opportunity to participate in six constitutional disputes, the most important of which are the so-called blank cassette tape dispute and the dispute on the threshold of legal aid expenses in trademark disputes. In order to avoid and prevent disputes, we compile legal opinions in the interest of our clients, make proposals for modifying and supplementing the relevant regulations and participate in the workgroups of various specialist organisations.


Highly competent in arbitration

Several of our attorneys regularly participate in the work of arbitration courts and assist clients in resolving complicated international arbitration cases. We also advise and represent our clients in challenging decisions of arbitration courts, and recognition and enforcement of such decisions before the courts of different countries.


Our team

Indrek Leppik

Partner / Head of Litigation, PwC Legal

+372 5621 0872

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Priit Lätt

Partner responsible for the fields of IP/IT, tax disputes and public procurement, PwC Legal

+372 511 9628

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Indrek Kukk

Attorney-at-law / Head of Public & Regulatory Law, PwC Legal

+372 520 6097

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Erki Fels

Attorney-at-law / Head of Public Procurement, PwC Legal

+372 5349 3777

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Jana Tudelep

Attorney-at-Law, PwC Legal

+372 5386 6645

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Karin Marosov

Managing Partner of PwC Legal Estonia / Head of Real Estate, Construction Law and Transactions, PwC Legal

+372 518 9852

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Indrek Ergma

Partner / Attorney-at-Law Head of Corporate and Employment, PwC Legal

+372 529 4580

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Maris Alt

Attorney-at-Law, PwC Legal

+372 509 8203

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Mari Kelve-Liivsoo

Associate, PwC Estonia

+372 5341 0942

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A selection of our cases

  • Defending Aivar Tuulberg, a construction businessman, in a landmark corruption case (labelled Savisaar process by the Estonian media), where the client was acquitted by the judgment of Harju County Court on 14 January 2020.
  • Representing certificate holders of VEB Fund in the scandalous VEB Fund case where we submitted, inter alia, a damage claim of over 10 million euros against the state to the administrative court.
  • Advising Tartu City Council in a major and one of the most publicised planning disputes of the past decade – challenging the national designated spatial plan for a large pulp mill to be constructed and developed in Tartu County by Est-For Invest. 
  • Representing a client in a precedent-setting real estate dispute, where the opposing party had attempted to set up a fraudulent scheme to disguise the transfer of the undertaking during the final stage of real estate development. To this end, they transferred a portion of unsold apartments against a non-monetary down payment to various persons on the basis of sales contracts, thus depriving the real estate developer of all assets. The court assessed the specific characteristics of a real estate development undertaking and stated that if the final stage of developing an apartment building comprised only the sales of apartments, then such sales constituted the only activity of the company at this stage – transferring such an activity equals transferring the undertaking. Our client’s action was granted in full.
  • Representing Bank Sankt-Petersburg in a dispute whereby the bailiff was ordered to pay penalties for late payment due to the infringement of his professional duties. Throughout this dispute, the Supreme Court gave several guidelines, thus modifying the position given in its earlier case-law. The bailiff failed to pay the entire penalty on the late payment and the precedent-setting dispute whereby the client is claiming the amount still due from the Chamber of Bailiffs and Trustees in Bankruptcy and the Republic of Estonia is presently pending before courts. 
  • Representing Estonian Artistic Associations in the so-called blank tape dispute, with the objective to grant high-level protection for authors and other rights owners in the information society, so that they would be able to receive due compensation for the use of their works.
  • Representing Estonian Railways Ltd in a dispute concerning state supervision exercised by Ministry of Finance, which became a Supreme Court precedent. 
  • Representing Gemalto, an international company providing digital security solutions, in the disputes arising from the performance of the public contract concluded for Estonian identity documents (Eesti eID).
  • Representing Kristian Allikmaa, a businessman, in a major dispute arising from a transaction worth 1.25 million euros against the investment company AS Cresco Väärtpaberid.
  • Representing Estonian Green Movement-FoE, an NGO, in its litigation against City of Tallinn concerning the construction of Reidi tee and the related assessment of environmental impact.
  • Representing the Estonian Unemployment Insurance Fund against Corpore - the most often cited procurement dispute in Estonian case-law - whereby the Supreme Court explained that not all errors meant that a tenderer was unreliable and that it was disproportionate for a contracting authority not to qualify a tenderer in the case of even a slightest error. 
  • Representing Estonian Railways Ltd. in drafting and executing the procurement for modernising their traffic management system and in the related procurement dispute. The system in question is the largest project for renovating railway infrastructure in Estonia. The cost of the public contract is 15.6 million euros. 
  • Representing Gemalto, an international company providing digital security solutions, in the disputes arising from the performance of the public contract concluded for Estonian identity documents (Eesti eID).
  • Representing Kristian Allikmaa, a businessman, in a major dispute arising from a transaction worth 1.25 million euros against the investment company AS Cresco Väärtpaberid.
  • Representing Estonian Green Movement-FoE, an NGO, in its litigation against City of Tallinn concerning the construction of Reidi tee and the related assessment of environmental impact.
  • Representing the Estonian Unemployment Insurance Fund against Corpore - the most often cited procurement dispute in Estonian case-law - whereby the Supreme Court explained that not all errors meant that a tenderer was unreliable and that it was disproportionate for a contracting authority not to qualify a tenderer in the case of even a slightest error. 
  • Representing Estonian Railways Ltd. in drafting and executing the procurement for modernising their traffic management system and in the related procurement dispute. The system in question is the largest project for renovating railway infrastructure in Estonia. The cost of the public contract is 15.6 million euros. 
  • Representing Estonian Defence Forces in a procurement for a framework contract whereby the state was procuring driving lessons for conscripts and active servicemen. The dispute was extraordinary due to the number of those requesting a review of the decision: 5 driving schools. The dispute concerned the permissibility of manipulating the award criteria and the direct applicability of an EU directive. 
  • Representing City of Tartu in Estonia’s largest procurement for scheduled bus transport, by which Tartu guaranteed that its public bus lines would be serviced by new environment-friendly gas-fuelled buses for the next 10 years. The cost of the public contract was 66 million euros.
  • Representing CGI in the procurement dispute of testing the software of the information systems of Road Administration. This was the most expensive IT procurement of 2015 – the presumed cost of the framework agreement is 6.2 million euros.
  • Representing Tieto Estonia in the out-of-court settlement of the dispute concerning SKAIS2, the information system of Social Insurance Board. 
  • Representing the dance school JJ Street in a precedent-setting Supreme Court dispute against the Estonian Performers’ Association (EEL) on the issue of whether a dance school has an obligation to pay fees for the music played in its classes.
  • Representing Ensto Ensek, a technology company that provides smart electricity solutions on a global level, in several labour law issues, including negotiations with trade unions and representing them in labour disputes.
  • Advising EstEmploy OÜ, a leading company of renting personnel in Estonia, on various labour law issues, negotiations with trade unions and representation in labour disputes.
  • Advising Lääne-Tallinna Keskhaigla, a major hospital, which operates 11 clinics and employs more than 1700 people, in a dispute related to labour law and the use of security cameras.
  • Representing Väinamere Liinid OÜ, a ferry operator, in a damage claim against Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications arising from potentially unlawful state aid paid to our client’s competitor.

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